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3/2/2007 —

Explore the Worlds of Engineering, Science, and Information Sciences and Technology on Saturday, March 10, when Penn State York opens its doors to middle and high school students.  The program, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., offers a variety of hands-on activities for students including: Creating Web Pages with “Style” with Suzanne Gladfelter;  Lego Mindstorm Robotics with Michael Marcus; Be a Crime Scene Investigator with Dr. Bob Farrell; and The Colorful World of Chemistry with Dr. Andy Landis.  Stay an hour or the entire time.  Other topics include SolidWorks CAD Design, Efficient Bridge Design, Use of a Video Camera as a Tool to Analyze Motion, Hacker for a Day, and Center of Gravity.  Penn State York faculty will lead students in a variety of activities that introduce them to science, engineering, and information sciences and technology.

Beginning at 2 p.m., watch the breaking of the bridges during the Great Bridge Building Competition being held in conjunction with Explore the Worlds. The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers, offers high school students a chance to construct a bridge and then test it to see how strong it is.  Bridge kits are still available and can picked up at the Lee R. Glatfelter Library or the Admissions Office at Penn State York; Penn State, The Lancaster Center; at 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster; or at C. S. Davidson, 38 North Duke Street, York.  Completed bridges must be on campus by 1:30 p.m.  For additional details on this event please contact Tim Koppenhaver at 845-4805. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information on Explore the Worlds, visit the Web at www.yk.psu.edu/explore/ or call 717-771-4040 or 1-800-776-6227.

Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

9:30 a.m. - Workshop Registration
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. -  Workshops
1 - 2 p.m. -   Complimentary Lunch 
2 p.m. -      Bridge Building Competition (Watch or participate!) - Pre-registration for bridge competition is required.

SolidWorks CAD Design
Don Coho, instructor in engineering
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. Learn the basics of SolidWorks by constructing a 3-D design of your own.. 

Be a Crime Scene Investigator
Dr. Bob Farrell, assistant professor of biology
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
The world of forensics is becoming more sophisticated each day. The techniques and methods have not only revolutionized the criminal justice system, but have also captured the imagination of a very large television viewing audience. In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to learn about the standard techniques and equipment commonly used to solve crimes; some of the myths surrounding the discipline will also be dispelled. Questions about Penn State's new Forensics major will be answered.

Efficient Bridge Design
Dr. Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Using only "Lego-type" blocks and a limited amount of masking tape, design and build a bridge which will be weighed and then tested to destruction.  The measure of efficiency is (maximum load supported) / (bridge weight).

Creating Web Pages with "Style"
Suzanne Gladfelter, senior instructor in information sciences and technology
11:00 a.m.
Modern Web sites incorporate W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards-based design to separate style from structure. These Web sites use XHTML (eXtensible Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to implement accessible Web pages. In this hands-on, “make and take” lab, we will learn some basic Web design principles and modify a simple W3C standards-compliant web page.

Use of Video Camera as a Tool to Analyze Motion
Dr. Abul Hasan, associate professor of physics
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Video clips of motion of objects in different situations are being used more and more to understand what exactly happened during an incident. This was done in the case of space shuttle damage due to dislodge of a foam piece just after launch. Available video clips of accidents are routinely analyzed to calculate the speeds of vehicles and applying the laws of motion to understand the nature and cause of accidents. In this workshop the participants will throw a ball and record its motion on video tape. A video capture process will be used to transfer the data to computer. A detail analysis of the video clip motion of the ball will be done using Video Point Software. The participants will see how closely the motion of the ball follows the laws of physics.

Lego Mindstorm Robotics
Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Come build and program a robot vehicle complete with touch sensors.

Hacker for a Day
Larry Newcomer, associate professor of information sciences and technology
10:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
Explore the tactics, tools, and techniques that real hackers use to penetrate systems

Center of Gravity
Kip Trout, senior instructor in physics
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Understanding center of gravity and balance is important in sports, engineering and everyday safety. This workshop will have multiple stations set up for investigating center of gravity and balance. When is your bottle of soda easier to spill – when it is full or when it is half empty? What is the best way to jump over a high jump bar? Why is it best to open one drawer at a time on a filing cabinet? Come find out answers to questions like these, and learn some center of gravity tricks you can do at home to amaze your family and friends.

The Colorful World of Chemistry
Dr. Andy Landis, instructor in chemistry
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

When atoms combine to form compounds, colorful and sometimes violent reactions can take place. The nature of these reactions will be shown through a series of hands-on demonstrations involving the colorful chemicals that compose fireworks and the explosive reaction of hydrogen and oxygen.

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